Macra boss fires 3 directors Chitsonga, Lipenga and Msusa amid stinking corruption       

As the country heads to May 21 tripartite elections, Malawi Communications Regulation Authority (Macra) has sacked three top directors amid stinking corruption, Nyasa Times understands.

MACRA’s director of finance, Ben Chitsonga sacked uncremoniously by Itaye

Macra Director General Godfrey Itaye, whose contract was suspiciously renewed and signed by President Peter Mutharika at Chikoko Bay in December last year, has sacked  Director of Finance Ben Chitsonga,  Director of Broadcasting Fegus Lipenga and Director of Postal Liz Msusa.

The three directors  including the Director General’s were put on a month to month contract in December 2018, but Itaye advertised Directors posts in the local media at a time when Macra board had been disolved.

Itaye, who is accused of syphoning bilions of kwachas to fund the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  through illegal contracts, manuaevered through party gurus  to have his contract renewed by President Mutharika, since “he is one of the parastatal CEOs helping the party with financial resources”.

The three directors were ambushed with impromptu interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday. They were immeidiately asked to leave Macra premises and to surrender their official vehicles a brand new Toyota Fortuner  for Fegus Lipenga registration  CA 3678, Toyota Fortuner for Liz Msusa registration  BU5599 and Ben Chitsonga’s  Brand New  silver Mitsubishi Pajero registration  LA 621 which are parked at Macra heaquarters.

There has been bad blood between the three directors and Itaye, who was a junior to the three directors but was promoted to become director general as a reward for campaigning for the DPP to get into government in 2014.

Itaye has since run Macra with an iron fist, sacking anyone consisidered a threat.

He unbelievably sacked highly respected Director of Telecoms Lloyd  Momba, Deputy Director General Francis Bisika, Director of Legal Affairs James Kaphale.

Another Technical expert Jonathan Pinifolo was forced to resign by Itaye.

Liza Msusa is wife to Khwesi Msusa, a confidant of UTM president Saulos Chilima who has been very critical of the rot of corruption and nepotism at Macra.

Miniszer of ICT Henry Mussa confirmed the three Directors were sent home to wait for results of their interviews but refused to comment on allegations of corruption rocking Macra- which has been im the news for supplying a fleet of official cars to the tuling DPP for campaign purposes.

Itaye is also accused of hiring his friends and adventists who are also DPP loyalists to the the authority.

Chitsonga, who headed the finance directorate and watched rotting corruption and looting by the DPP, did not pick his phone for an interview.

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katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

Kaya a Lipenga paja anadyaso ku MEC

mtete
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mtete

And where is the God fearing Board Chair the Reverend Alex Maulana in all this?

Anzijo
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Anzijo

The UDF government will hire them back on 25 May ..don’t worry .Ife we will emproy people based on merit. Awa akupita awa kuteloku akufuna kuba before 21st May, so that akufuna anthu asaziwe….mmmmm someone is watching!

wanganso
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Koma Anzijo musandisekese!!! UDF?

Sangabere
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Sangabere

Malawians have all the ressons not to renew Peter Muthalikas contract on 21 May 2019. It looks like Muthalika is tired of leading the nation and he delegates his powers to crooks of the Henry Mussa type who feast on tax payers money like no other before. This whole drama at MACRA is a move to create space for corruption and abuses of government resources. Malawians want DPP to leave the stage sooner than they came.

Ryan Giggs
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Ryan Giggs

I personally know Ben Chitsonga. Quite a gentle guy. Ben, this too shall pass……

PDM
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PDM

It is very sad.The trio ndi anthu abwino mitima onse atatu.God is going to look after them.

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
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Gerald Mapanga Phiri

Some people always say that Atumbuka corruption. Are they Atumbuka? I’m asking this because some are so bent for tribalism and regionalism they forget that it’s a national problem. The country is under curse

Chigonapamuhanya
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Chigonapamuhanya

Mmmmmmm

Chigonapamuhanya
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Chigonapamuhanya

Koma agaru amenewa…..

Tionesana…..na Pa Ben pokhapo…..tiphana agaru inu mumaona ngati ziko ndilanu

dry cleaner
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dry cleaner

Do unto others as you would want them do unto you